The State Defense Forces are a State Authorized Military Force that supports, assists, & augments The National Guard and Civilian Authorities. The State Defense Force is authorized under Federal law 32 U.S.C. s.109. They provide a trained force multiplier to The National Guard and civilian agencies in the following capacities:
Chemical & Radiation Decontamination
Judge Advocate General
Search & Rescue
Upon order from The Governor, The State Defense Force can assume Military Responsibility of The State if The National Guard is deployed overseas. During peacetime The State Defense Force provides a force multipler to augment and assist National Guard Forces for mission or mobilization assistance.
State Defense Force Soldier’s undergo a initial basic training that varies in duration amoung State Defense Forces. After basic training Soldiers undergo Job training in their speficied field. Upon graduation Soldiers become Active Duty members of The State Defense Force.
The State Defense Force is a voluntary force that is unpaid for training and operational support. During State emergencies or State Active Duty missions The State Defense Force can be activated by The Governor and recieve pay according to State law.
Nearly Half or more State Defense Forces ranks are composed of Prior Service Personnel. Prior Service US Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marine Corps troops all currently serve in The State Defense Forces. Prior Service personnel that join The State Defense Forces return with their current rank or higher. The SDF’s honor any awards or medals you achieved during your Federal Service.
LAW & REGULATION
Members of The State Defense Force are subject to their State’s Uniform Code of Military Justice. They are bound under State law to abide by military regulation and law.
The State Defense Force is a State Military Force and as such its members are covered under State law for job protection.
Members of The State Defense Force are authorized to wear the military uniform assigned by The Adjustant General of the State. Many State Defense Forces wear The Battle Dress Uniform or Army Combat Uniform.
State Defense Force’s are subject to deployment only within The State. State Defense Forces are not able, under law, to be deployed out of the country or out of the state.